New eBook helps a Hot Item in Oil and Gas Surveillance


A new resource is available to help those responsible for safeguarding oil and gas facilities decide when, where and how to use thermal cameras to gain the most operational value.

Developed by global surveillance specialist, Synectics, the eBook – ‘Thermal Cameras for Oil & Gas Surveillance’ – takes a closer look at the technology and its suitability for common applications across the industry, particularly in comparison to infrared alternatives.

Suitable for onshore and offshore based teams considering thermal solutions, this free resource explores the different camera types available and helps users choose the right option based on factors including cost, security objectives and process monitoring requirements.

Darren Alder, Divisional Director at Synectics said: “We wanted to create a useful and practical overview of thermal cameras to help the oil and gas sector make the best choices. This technology can play a significant role in security and safety-focused surveillance, but it needs to be used in the right way.”

The eBook explains:

  • The difference between thermal cameras and Infrared (IR) cameras, two terms which are often – mistakenly – used interchangeably.
  • How to choose between thermal and IR cameras based on distances required.
  • Why cooled thermal cameras are a better option for distance-based threat detection, but uncooled thermal cameras are often chosen for process monitoring.
  • That a combination of cameras is preferable to fulfil certain identification criteria.

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